Cleveland Public Theatre requests proposals for Station Hope 2023

Deadline for submissions is Monday, March 20

Cleveland Public Theatre is planning the tenth annual STATION HOPE, a one-night event of entertainment and art inspired by the history of St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Underground Railroad, the repercussions of oppression and contemporary struggles for social justice on Saturday, May 27th, 2023.

To make the best proposal possible for Station Hope, we recommend that interested artists and organizations attend the Station Hope Informational Meeting on Saturday, March 4th via Zoom, from 11am-12:30pm. At this meeting we will discuss the history of Station Hope, how the event works and review the application process.

The meeting is open to anyone considering a proposal for Station Hope, but you must RSVP. Please RSVP by emailing Associate Producer Paige Conway at

How Station Hope Works


Audiences explore St. John’s campus on the corner of W 26th St. and Church Ave. with 30+ performances to choose from, attendees will encounter choirs, dance, theatre, intimate solo performance, and interactive art―all happening at the same time in multiple indoor and outdoor venues.

Station Hope performances are 5–15 minutes in length and may be presented multiple times throughout the evening. Art installations will range from large to small depending on individual needs and space availability.

Limited technical support is available to all lead artists. However, each space will have basic lighting and sound support. Elaborate, highly specific and proprietary technical needs are rarely offered. Station Hope prioritizes the performance and artistry above the use of elaborate technical elements. We ask artists to be resourceful and keep simplicity in mind, without compromising on quality and ingenuity. Artists are welcome to make physical plans for their space, but they must be ready to implement the plans with little time in the space and technical support from CPT.

There will be a Stage Manager (if necessary) available for your venue, but lead artists should provide their own artistic collaborators and produce their individual performance or installation. CPT staff will be available for consultation and support where possible.

This year, accepted pieces ranging from 5-15 minutes and art installations will receive anywhere between $300 and $500 from CPT dependent on number of artists involved in each piece and scope of the project. This stipend will be decided by CPT based on the information you provide about your project in this application, so please be specific in your answers.

We will not be requiring proof of vaccination from artists this year. Our current plan is that all involved artists will be required to take a covid test on the Tuesday before the event, and the Saturday of the event. These plans may change as we approach the event.

Proposing a Piece for Station Hope


Proposals should be bold, inventive and thought-provoking. Proposals can include choirs, dance, short plays, art installations, poetry, performance art, wandering characters, solo pieces, etc. Station Hope follows a festival-style structure; thus, we are looking for artists and groups who are the producers of their own works.

We have a special need for interactive performance and visual art, especially pieces that could engage audiences while waiting in line outside and works that could take over a large outdoor area.

In selecting works for this event we will be looking at several factors.

·       Has the artist/organization demonstrated the ability to produce the proposed work? We are not looking for expert producers, but we want to feel confident that the artist/group has a clear understanding of what it takes to pull off a show and the ability to assess their own capacity.

·       How is the proposed art inspired by contemporary issues of social justice or the Underground Railroad? We are open to all kinds of work but are most interested in contemporary theatre work that is inspired by the Underground Railroad and its current parallels.

·       Can the work be fully accomplished in the time limitations? How will it fit in the spaces available?

We want to curate an aesthetically diverse range of work and are open to educational, community, amateur, and professional groups.

Click here to apply!

Comments are closed.